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Friday, January 29, 2010

Are you concerned you or someone you know has PTSD? Here's the first step to finding help.

If you have served in a military conflict recently, you may be wondering if you have symptoms of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can have a profound affect on your every day life — but there is help.

The United States Department of Veteran's Affairs offers a free tool to help screen for PTSD. On the Department's microsite, MyHealthVet, there is a free, anonymous and confidential PTSD Screening Tool. It only takes a few minutes to complete but the results can help you decide whether or not you think you should seek treatment. Once the test is completed you may print them out to share with your physician or other health professional — but the results will not be stored online or sent anywhere.

If you need to speak to a professional emergency crisis counselor, please contact VA’s Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. Counselors are available 24/7 at this number.

Monday, January 25, 2010

We're on Facebook!

We're now on Facebook! Join our Friends of the United States Service Dog Registry page, get Service and Assistance dog news from around the country and connect with others. Just search our name on Facebook and become a fan today!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Looking for a gift for your Valentine? How about a donation to 4 Paws For Ability

Looking for a great gift for your sweetie this Valentine's day? How about a donation in his or her name to 4 Paws for Ability? The group is suggesting a $25 donation, which they say is cuter than a teddy bear, longer lasting than roses, less costly than jewelry and completely calorie-free.

4 Paws for Ability will use these heartfelt donations to help a child receive a service dog. The enduring, tender bond between a child and a service dog is so meaningful and important to a child. 4 Paws places Autism Assistance Dogs, Signal Dogs, Mobility Assistance Dogs, Seizure Alert and Response Dogs, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Dogs and Diabetic Alert Dogs.

This is the gift your Valentine will remember, it can be displayed throughout the year, is easy to purchase, and tax-deductible. Email with your name and email address, mail your check or money order to 4 Paws for Ability, 253 Dayton Avenue, Xenia, OH 45385, Attention: Valentine, and an email donation certificate will be sent to your email address for printing and delivering to the recipient. This 5 x 7 certificate is perfect for framing.

Your gift to help a child receive a service dog is a gift of never-ending love, and is an enormously affectionate way for you to convey your love for not only your Valentine but someone in need who will fall in love with his or her service dog at first sight. This is a one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured by all.

Perfect for sweethearts, friends, parents, siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, classmates, teachers, co-workers, bosses, etc. Make your donation here.